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|04-26-2013 04:34 PM|
|ChadKruger||Any where that does home windows, cuts glass. Aquarium glass is = to window glass. Rule is 1/16" per 2 feet of hight with a base of 1/16"|
|04-26-2013 12:44 AM|
|FrogBit||Acrylic will wrap eventually if there is moisture. Glass or netting is the way to go for aquarium cover.|
|04-19-2013 03:02 AM|
I have one tank I use a sheet of acrylic (or similar material) as a cover. It warps. This is just a 10 gallon tank, and a very thin sheet of acrylic.
Yup! Looks pretty bad.
On the other hand, if I drip any water on it, it runs right back into the tank!
It does not help to turn the sheet over, either. It just warps again the other way.
I have used much thicker pieces of acrylic for a slightly different use, over an aquarium, and the thicker material does not warp. It may be as much as 1/4" thick.
I have used some over a much smaller tank, and the small sheet was OK. This was just a 1 gallon tank, the cover was maybe 4" x 8", maybe smaller.
|04-19-2013 02:27 AM|
|turdb0||I'm looking at making my own acrylic covers. I don't think they'll bow or warp is you brace them. I've seen my friend glue them together using acrylic cement.|
|04-17-2013 11:44 PM|
|Moot||I called Ken's Glass on Senter Road in San Jose for a 36" x 16" piece of glass cut for the cover of my 40gb. He quoted me $30 for the cut and sanding. I believe Ken's Glass is on Yelp.|
|01-29-2013 10:27 PM|
|l8nite||There's a glass-cutting place on Blossom Hill Rd. just past the Monterey Rd. overpass... (Been about 7 years since I lived down that way, so it might not be there still...).|
|01-29-2013 08:38 PM|
|dtang21||I went down this path before. Making your own rimless tank is not an easy thing to do. It requires experience. Mr. Aqua makes an affordable solution!|
|01-25-2013 12:09 AM|
|pandamonium||I called up 2 places in the south bay. When I get back from school, I'm gonna check them out. Glass cutting was about 10-15 dollars.|
|01-22-2013 05:16 AM|
Not sure what you mean by bracing the acrylic if it's just literally a sheet that's used for the cover.
I'd just go with glass regardless.
|01-21-2013 07:29 PM|
|wheatiesl337||I am guessing the acrylic wasn't braced in anyway though?|
|01-20-2013 02:03 AM|
|prestonplantedtanks||My friend used an acrylic cover for her tank. The heat and humidity bowed the acrylic quite a bit. They accounted for this at tap plastics by giving her a longer piece than necessary, but it looks really ghetto. I'd just go with glass.|
|01-19-2013 05:18 PM|
|wheatiesl337||The employees insisted the heat and humidty would, though I have heard others say it's fine if braced. I'm not sure whether I should get glass or acrylic cut yet, and I would be interested in hearing from some other nor-cal people.|
|01-19-2013 05:04 AM|
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I like the Tap Plastics one, but if they give me problems with acrylic then I guess I can't do that.
Does the heat from the lighting and the humidity from the tank really cause that much damage to acrylic?
|01-19-2013 02:13 AM|
Any glass place will do it. Here in Berkeley, I've been to UC Glass or Berkeley Glass, and both do it. Might want to sand it on your own though... I think they charge 10 bucks extra just to sand it, which is almost the price of the cover to begin with.
Best of luck!
|01-19-2013 01:02 AM|
I went to TAP Plastics in Sacramento, and they refused to cut acrylic for me after I told them it was for an aquarium cover. They insisted the heat and humidty from an aquarium would ruin the acrylic. I asked about thickness and bracing it, and still no go.
I, too, am looking to have glass or acrylic cut for a custom cover.
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